Afrox appointed new Chief Executive Schalk Venter on May 18, 2015, with a mandate to transition the company to a customer centric organisation. Afrox Chairman, Bernd Eulitz, said: "In Schalk Venter, we have the right mix of management and leadership skills and experience to enable Afrox to realise its plans to rightsize the Group to reflect current market conditions and bring a greater focus to meeting the needs of our customers in these tough economic times. He has successfully led a number of high performing businesses and has wide experience of working successfully in a business transformation environment."
Schalk, aged 48, joined Chemserve Systems in 1991 as a junior sales representative and went on to serve as Managing Director of a number of subsidiaries of the Group, before he was promoted to the Chemical Services Executive and Board in 2006. Thereafter, he was appointed Chairman of a number of subsidiaries including Nulandis, Resinkem, Duco Speciality Coatings and Chemfit . In 2010 he was promoted to the AECI Executive, and in 2012 promoted to Managing Director of AECI’s biggest subsidiary, AEL Mining Services. Immediately before joining Afrox, Schalk was Managing Director AEL Mining Services (AELMS) and was an Executive member of AECI.